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PE and Sports Premium Funding

Physical Education and Sport Premium Funding

The Physical Education (PE) and Sport Premium provides funding for primary schools to help them improve the quality of PE, physical activity and sport. Most schools with primary age pupils receive this funding each academic year, with the exception of independent schools.


How much funding do London’s primary schools receive?

Based on data collected from the January census, schools receive PE and Sport Premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6 (ages 5 to 10):

· Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1,000 per pupil;

· Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.


When do they receive their funding?

Maintained schools, including PRUs and general hospitals, do not receive funding directly from Department of Education (DfE). The funding is given to the school’s local authority which is then passed onto the school.

The DfE will give local authorities PE and Sport Premium funding for maintained schools in two separate payments. Local authorities receive:

  • 7/12 of the funding allocation on 31 October.
  • 5/12 of the funding allocation on 30 April.


How schools should spend their PE and Sport Premium

Schools should use the premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that their school already offers;
  • Build capacity and capability within the school’s provision, helping to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.


In delivering additional improvements that enhance rather than maintain provision, it is expected that schools will see an improvement across the following 5 key indicators:

  1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – The Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that children aged 5-16 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school;
  2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement;
  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport;
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils;
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport.


Schools can use their funding to:

  • Provide existing staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively;
  • Hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current provision;
  • Introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport;
  • Support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs;
  • Enter or run more sports competitions, form partnerships and run sports activities with other schools and clubs;
  • Increase pupils’ participation in the School Games;
  • Encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support physical activity and sport within the school;
  • Provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the requirements of the national curriculum;
  • Help embed physical activity into the school day through active travel, active playgrounds and active pedagogy.



Ofsted assesses how primary schools use the PE and Sport Premium and measure its impact on outcomes for pupils, and how effectively governors hold school leaders to account for this. Details of what inspectors look for is in the effectiveness of leadership and management section (page 45) of ‘Ofsted schools inspection handbook 2015’.

This must include:

  • The amount of funding received;
  • A full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent);
  • What impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment;
  • How the improvements will be sustainable in the future.


New Expectations from September 2017

How many year 6 pupils are meeting the national curriculum requirement for swimming?

For the 2017 to 2018 academic year there is a new condition that requires schools to publish how many pupils within their year six cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

This condition has been added in response to recommendations from the Swim Group, who reviewed curriculum swimming and water safety in primary schools. 

Gascoigne PE and Sports Premium Plan 2021 - 2022

Gascoigne Sports Premium Plan 2019-2020